Mexico’s Osorio happy for Hernandez, Guardado club changes
Javier Hernandez (left) and Mexico head coach Juan Carlos Osorio are shown together at a training session on March 27, 2017, in Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago. (Photo: John Bacon/Straffon Images)

PASADENA, California -- Mexico head coach Juan Carlos Osorio believes Javier Hernandez’s change in clubs for the 2017/18 season will be good for the star striker.

 It was announced Thursday that the 29-year-old – Mexico’s all-time leading scorer (48 goals) -- is leaving Bayer Leverkusen for a return to the English Premier League with West Ham United.

 "He'll get minutes and the plus with that league is that it's maybe the only in the world in which last place can defeat first place," Osorio said Saturday at pre-CONCACAF Gold Cup semifinal press conference.  "He'll have the opportunity to compete with the best in very good games."

 Osorio also was pleased that midfielder Andres Guardado, 30, left PSV Eindhoven (Netherlands) for Real Betis (Spain) earlier in July.

 "He's in a league where he'll play the derby against Sevilla and games against [Real] Madrid and Barcelona," the Colombian remarked.

Both Hernandez and Guardado competed in the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup, but are not on the Tricolor’s Gold Cup roster.

Mexico will face Jamaica in Sunday’s semifinal at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California.